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Following the corruption, ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of Rep. Vito Fossella.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Does Fossella think American deaths are a 'small price to pay'?

Vito Fossella is refusing to comment (typical) on his House Minority Leader's comments that our 3,000 troop deaths in Iraq being a "small price to pay." Rep. John Boehner made those remarks on an interview for CNN;

BLITZER: How much longer will U.S. taxpayers have to shell out $2 billion a week or $3 billion a week as some now are suggesting the cost is going to endure? The loss in blood, the Americans who are killed every month, how much longer do you think this commitment, this military commitment is going to require?

BOEHNER: I think General Petraeus outlined it pretty clearly. We’re making success. We need to firm up those successes. We need to continue our effort here because, Wolf, long term, the investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here, if we’re able to stabilize the Middle East, it’s not only going to be a small price for the near future, but think about the future for our kids and their kids.

Does Fossella feel the deaths of our American troops are a small price to pay in the ongoing 'war on terror'? No one knows. Like many major issues Fossella makes no public comments, has not made it clear he intends to address the issue all while it may appear he is busy he certainly has time to address hot topics such as convincing people he supports SCHIP despite his voting record and planning new ski trips to Vail now that Neil Volz is slightly off the hook.

Even CNN's The Situation Room has taken note of Boehner’s remarks;

If you don't believe this is an issue Fossella needs to address consider how close the two are, from October 2006 during Fossella's last election, via CNN;

Boehner is in New York Tuesday to campaign for Rep. Vito Fossella, R-New York.

How many districts would the then House Majority Leader visit, surely he could only choose a select amount that he had connections to or that he owed some major favors, and Fossella was on that short list.

And finally, if you think this is a partisan issue just take a look at Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) response, via Time;

"With all due respect, every American wounded or sacrificed is the greatest possible price to pay," and we should all be grateful, "particularly those of us who sit in relative safety while those young men and women are fighting."

So does Fossella agree with Rep. Boehner that American deaths a “small price to pay”?

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